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're listening in as mark o'mara continues to question dennis root, asking him about his law enforcement background and whether he would recommend someone in his family join law enforcement. we'll continue to listen in to this testimony, the relevance to this case, and some of the other interesting moments that happened, including what happened about 30 minutes ago when george zimmerman was questioned directly by the judge in this case, judge deborah nelson. we have our team standing by. we're going to a break. we'll be right back. [ male announcer ] this is kevin. to prove to you that aleve is the better choice for him, he's agreed to give it up. that's today? [ male announcer ] we'll be with him all day as he goes back to taking tylenol. i was okay, but after lunch my knee started to hurt again. and now i've got to take more pills. ♪ yup. another pill stop. can i get my aleve back yet? ♪ for my pain, i want my aleve. ♪ [ male announcer ] look for the easy-open red arthritis cap. ♪ "stubborn love" by the lumineers did you i did. email? so what did you think of the house? did you
also looked over some of the witness statements, as well. he was asked pointedly by mark o'mara, attorney of course for george zimmerman, ill will, spite, hatred, based on what you've heard, baseed on what you read, was there ill will, spite, hatred when he made the call -- >> i was shocked, as a lawyer watching that, that he was allowed to answer that question. that, to me, didn't seem like the sort of thing you ask a so-called expert. that would be left for the jury. >> reporter: and there have been a number of attorneys who said the same thing. not just that question, a number of other questions as well. that he was asked and allowed to offer an opinion on that would seem to, again, seem to, be outside the boundaries of his area of expertise. we slohould also note here he apparently contacted the defense as well. he became familiar with the trial, he raised his hand, called mark o'mara and said, i would be very much interested in being a witness for the defense. >> you and i talked last night at this time the fact very much they wanted to get an animation, the defense did, wa
zimmerman's lawyer mark o'mara speaking to reporters after court tonight. let's see what our legal panelists have to say. he also said at that press conference that his client really wanted to testify. i don't buy it. i think it's baloney. i think that was for the benefit of the media. there's no way in the world this lawyer wanted his client to testify or that zimmerman himself did. what do you think? >> i have to agree with you. zimmerman would have to be stuck on stupid to even get anywhere near the stand. the fact about it is he has testified at least on four different occasions. and you're going to hear in closing arguments, ladies and gentlemen, he testified, he gave testimony to the police when he didn't even have a lawyer. hadn't lawyered up. and that's going to be very significant. >> jim, good fortune for the prosecution that there is likely to be an obstruction on the lesser offense of manslaughter. it carries up to 30 years, i think, in florida. that's a big victory for the prosecution, is it not? >> it's huge. i think it's everything in this case. i think the prosecutor overshot
florida after attorneys completed their closing arguments. george zimmerman's attorney mark o'mara george zimmerman shot trayvon martin because he simply had no other option. and spriewrts failed to prove he committed a crime. >> they have to take away reasonable doubt. they have to look at this case and say to you, ladies and gentlemen of this jury, hi, we're the state. we have proved this case beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt because we have connected every dot that falls in line that leaves nothing but conviction and they just didn't. >> harris: things got -- popping inside that courtroom. o'mara, bringing in life size cutouts of george zimmerman and trayvon martin to illustrate their size differences at the time of the deadly confrontation. and he hauled a piece of sidewalk into court to demonstrate how it could be a dangerous weapon if you are slamming somebody's head into it. >> i will be held in contempt if i drop this, so i'm not going to do some drama and drop it on the floor and watch it roll around. but that's cement. that is a sidewalk. and that is not an
responded, no. here's the exchange when defense attorney mark o'mara asked tracy martin about that. >> do you recall officer serino asking you whether or not you could identify your son's voice? >> not those exact words, but something to that nature, yes. >> okay. do you recall the words, as best you can recall, that he used? >> as best as i recall, after he played the tape, he basically just said, do you recognize the voice? >> and what was your response? >> my response was, simply, i didn't tell him that i didn't know -- i didn't tell him, no, that wasn't trayvon. i kind of -- i think the chairs had wheels on them and i kind of pushed away from the -- away from the table and just kind of shook my head and said, i can't tell. >> so your words were, "i can't tell"? >> something to that effect. but i never said, no, that wasn't my son's voice. >> i thought the attempt, lisa, at rehabilitation by the prosecution was pretty effective when essentially they brought out of the man that he didn't want to accept given the rawness of the emotions in the immediate aftermath, didn't want to accept a
. be the most dramatic day in the zimmerman trial yet. who will mark o'mara calls a his last witness? >> is this injury you see in this exhibit consistent with having been punched in the nose? >> yes, sir. >> this is exhibit 48. we'll put it on the projector and see if you can find the detail. this is represented as the photograph taken several hours later at the police department of mr. zimmerman's face. testimony of this man, dr. vincent di maio. >> reporter: of course. the lights on behind me, this is a see quested jury so they are getting as much done as fast as they can and accomplished so much with the witness you just talked about. dr. vincent di maio. heard of him? probably. he's like the grand dad of pathology, he was the medical examiner in beaux county in texas and made incredible arguments, so many points the prosecution made. listen to the first part, he goes after what the prosecution said. first of all, if george zimmerman tried to put out trayvon von martin's hands after she hot him, why were the hands under the body f. george zimmerman said trayvon mapp martin said y
to his attorney mark o'mara, he said it's not likely. >> matt gutman, tonight, thank you. >>> now to the economy this evening and to the new jobs numbers that are getting a lot of attention this evening. american employers creating nearly 200,000 jobs last month. and new jobs for april and may were revised upward as well. what do the numbers really mean? is it a real recovery, and if so, why are mortgage rates and rates you pay on your car suddenly going up? here's our chief business and economics correspondent rebecca jarvis tonight. >> reporter: it's a new and welcome sign in store windows across america, we're hiring. the labor department reporting today our economy has created nearly 200,000 jobs a month not just this month, but for three straight months. good news for jobseekers, but a challenge for home buyers. lisa handler is racing to buy a home for her family in atlanta, hoping to lock in record-low rates. >> we've been looking for a few months now. >> reporter: but since starting her search, rates have already climbed almost a full point. the average 30-year mortgage now
're looking at mark o'mara about to cross your screen. t this is the moment where they're trying to assess to get something to eat and think what about they've heard because it's a lot. it's a lot to digest. they might have to digest some laun lumplg. we're going to squeeze from a break. back after this. lyric by phonak is the world's only 24/7, 100% invisible hearing device. it's tiny. but that might be the least revolutionary thing about lyric. lyric can be worn 24/7 for up to four months, without battery changes. call 1-800-414-5999 for a risk-free trial. cookie: there's absolutely no way anyone can see it even if they get right up to my ear. michael: wake up, go to sleep...showering, running, all your activities. lyric can also give you exceptionally clear, natural sound in quiet and noisy environments because of how it works with your ear's own anatomy. can your hearing aid do all this? lyric can. to learn more about lyric's advanced technology, call 1-800-414-5999 or visit trylyric.com for a risk-free 30 day trial offer and free dvd and brochure. get the hearing aid that can. lyric f
people in the jury if they have a reasonable doubt. here's a good question, first of all, mark o'mara has just been fantastic at this. this guy is just unbelievable lately. the last five or six days, he's been just on fire. here's the question, though, you're in the jury, right? so second-degree murder is the higher charge, right? >> yes. >> 15 years or so? >> 15 years to life. >> if they don't find second-degree murder then there's manslaughter, but there's a gun involved and the suspect is 18 years old. >> it's more likely a manslaughter, but you give the guy more penalty for the less. i have to acquit. >> that sounds like a sentencing issue. he could end up with the same amount of time, because according to florida law, you can be held up to life, you could be eligible for parole. but . >> if you don't immediate the burden of proof for the higher charge, is a juror more likely to say i have to acquit because i don't think he's guilty of this but i'm not going to give him more time. >> because the jurors don't have anything to do with the sentencing, and they are not to discuss or advis
. >> and at the u.s. senior open, mark o'mara's tee shot struck another ball. both went flying in opposite directions. the ball he hit was returned. he saved his par. he's now tied for the lead. >> quite a day in golf. all right. thank you. >>> well, speaking of quite a day, it was a bruising battle of words on the senate floor with the majority leader and the minority leader throwing verbal punches. joining us for round one, shall we say, is politico reporter. >> good morning. happy friday. >> did you see it? harry reid went so far as to say he's prepared to go nuclear. what is going on with these two guys? >> the nuclear option. in fact, mitch mcconnell said he thinks harry reid wants him to sit down and shut up. it was a very intense day yesterday on the senate floor, but what this is regarding is, of course, the nuclear option. it would lower the filibuster for the minority from 61 to 50, and that would give the majority party the ability to kind of push through nominations that they say the republicans have been stalling ever since president barack obama took office. >> you know, thes
sanford, florida. >> reporter: defense attorney mark o'mara spent three hours and used a number of props trying to convince the jury of his client's innocence. >> you look at all this evidence and you have to say, i have a reasonable doubt. >> reporter: in february of 2012, george zimmerman spotted trayvon martin walking through his neighborhood and called authorities. >> are you following him? >> yeah. >> okay, we don't need you to do that. >> reporter: the teenager ran toward his home but minutes later the two men met up. the defense played the jury this animation showing the teen attacking their client unprovoked. >> self-defense is a defense to everything. >> reporter: but the prosecution claims it was zimmerman who tracked down martin. >> the defendant didn't shoot trayvon martin because he had to; he shot him because he wanted to. >> reporter: the jury has three choices. they can find zimmerman guilt of manslaughter, or second- degree murder, or they can find him not guilty. police initially let zimmerman go after the shooting leading to nationwide protests. >> no justice, no peace
. it's about staying in your car. >> reporter: zimmerman's attorney, mark o'mara, started his closing by introducing george zimmerman. >> you might have an impression of him because he's sitting at the defense table. >> reporter: other than that moment, zimmerman sat pensively during the proceedings. repeatedly wiping his brow. o'mara insisting the state offered no proof the 29-year-old former watchman murdered martin. >> you want to take away somebody's liberty, they got to prove their case. the burden is on the state. >> reporter: pressing the case against martin, hauling in a huge block of cement to show his client had to shoot in self defense when martin pounded his head into the pavement. >> that's cement. that is a sidewalk. and that is not an unarmed teenager with nothing but skittles trying to get home. >> reporter: and when the jury comes back tomorrow, we are told the judge is going to give them all the leeway and time they need. now, during their discussions and after their discussions, the jury is going to be given this, it's called a verdict form. they can fill all all th
call. our report tonight from nbc's ron mott. >> reporter: today, defense attorney mark o'mara challenged trayvon martin's father about whether he told police the first time he heard the 911 call that it was not his son's voice screaming for help. >> i kind of pushed away -- away from the table and shook my head and said i can't tell. >> reporter: the prosecutor later listened to the tape at the mayor's office 20 times. >> basically what i was listening to. i was listening to my son's last friday for he cry for help, listening to his life being taken, and i was coming -- trying to come to grips that trayvon was here no more. >> reporter: earlier, the lead investigator offered a different reaction to the 911 tape. >> i inquired if that was, in fact, his son yelling for help. >> what was his response? >> he -- he was more of a -- verbal and nonverbal. he looked away and under his breath and said. no. >> reporter: one after another -- >> help! >> so you think he's yelling help? >> yes. >> reporter: five of zimmerman's friends testified that its of his voice. >> definitely georgie.
hostin, and jeffrey toobin. do you think that mark o'mara scored the points that he wanted to? >> i think at first blush you'd say why would you ever do that? but if you think about it, i think what he was trying to do is set up the closing argument. he wants to argue later on, look, here's somebody who told the police initially that it wasn't him and now he's ekw equivocatin equivocating. whoever is listening is listening through the framework he wanted to believe. mark telegraphed that's where he was in the press conference. it is a gutsy call, high risk/high reward in the sense that you never want to be looked at as having kind of beaten up on somebody who has gone through a tragedy like this and he didn't beat him up in any sense but the up side, i think, doesn't necessarily outweigh the potential for a down side here. >> danny, do you think the jury believes tracy martin when he says, no, the two police officers that testified are essentially wrong. it wasn't that i said i couldn't identify my voice, it's that i said i wasn't sure. >> that's a credibility determination. overall when
't take place on the stand. but when mark o'mara said the defense planned to rest wednesday. martin savidge, cnn, sanford, florida. >> want to dig deeper with our panelist. sunny hostin, marcia clark. and the defense table, danny savalos and mark geragos. and dr. lawrence kobalanski. mark, just about that neighbor who testified, do you think anybody buys that? if some neighbor of mine testified about what my voice sounds like when i'm screaming, how would a neighbor know this? >> you know, there's a more cynical view as to why they played that neighbor's video in court today. and i'm not going to inflame what is already an inflammatory situation. i don't think anybody is saying this is the ultimate in terms of a piece of evidence that they put on. i have to say that i'm a little cynical about this. >> sunny, what about you? how do you think it played in the courtroom? does it make any sense to you? >> not really. it's sort of the law of diminishing returns now. when you have george zimmerman's mother and uncle saying those are his cries for help on that tape, i think that's okay. ev
with mark o'mara and asked how long they plan ongoing. he said three to four days. >> who else do we expect to hear from from the defense next week? >> he wouldn't tip his hand with that. i think you may see some of the witnesses the prosecution called recalled back to testify, again. maybe rachel jeantel, the so-called star witness. she's subject to be recalled. the state called 38 witnesses. mark o'mara would not give indication of how many he will call. he's going to put on a vigorous defense for george zimmerman. >> big thanks to you, sir. >>> an update on the disappearance of madeline mccann. she is the 3-year-old british girl who disappeared in may, 2007. you remember, she went missing while on vacation with her family in portugal. now, six years later, they have new evidence, right now, they are investigating 38 people of interest and they say they believe there's a chance madeline mccann could be alive. s more secure. [ whirring ] [ dog barks ] i want to treat more dogs. ♪ our business needs more cases. [ male announcer ] where do you want to take your business? i need help sellin
refused to allow that charge. but right now, mark o'mara is making his closing argument. he knows he has to convince jurors his client is not guilty not only of a murder charge but of a manslaughter charge. the defense again is self-defense. >> mark strassmann thank you. cbs analyst jack ford is with us. the jury's about to get this case. we know the judge is going to allow them to consider this manslaughter charge. how big of a setback to you think that is for zimmerman? >> well, it could be a problem for the defense but it also recognizes that the prosecution realizes they've got a bit of a problem with their case. we've said all along that proving second degree murder here that george zimmerman intentionally killed trayvon martin based upon ill will or hatred was not impossible but it was going to be a difficult chore for the prosecution. here they've stepped in and said to the judge, give us a lesser included offense of manslaughter. not that you intended to kill anybody but recklessly through reckless conduct on your part somebody died. often you see the defe
-old trayvon martin. during closing arguments friday, zimmerman's defense attorney mark o'mara askedjurors not to let their emotions sway their decision-making. >> "it is a tragedy, truly. but you can't allow sympathy to feed into it." >>the state gave it's closing arguments thursday, but was given the chance to rebutt the defense friday afternoon. >> "to the living we owe respect but to the dead we owe the truth." state prosecutor john guy again claimed inconsitencies in zimmerman's story and says the 29-year-old was on a power-trip. >> "trayvon martin may not have the defendants blood on his hands. but, george zimmerman will forever have trayvon martin's blood on his. >> if the jury finds zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder, he could still be convicted of manslaughter. in sanford, florida, i'm shannon travis reporting. coming up on kron 4 news weekend. the latest move by california's opponents of and how they're pushing ahead with the new span of grand opening gets pushed back. stay with us. look at 'em. living on cloud nine with that u-verse wireless receiver. you see in my day
also said the screaming voice is his brother, but on cross-examination, mark o'mara pointed out that initially he was not so sure. >> it was might be trayvon, correct? >> when we heard it in the mayor's office -- how do i -- i wasn't -- i guess i didn't want to believe that it was him. so that's why during that interview i said i wasn't sure. >> reporter: autopsy photos of the 17-year-old were shown on the big screen tv as the medical examiner testified, mart an rived with one bullet still in his heart and that the corpse was identified by his father, who distraught in the front row, wiped away tears. dr. bao said martin did not die instantly but within ten minutes. >> it is my opinion that he was still alive, he was still in suffering. >> reporter: zimmerman's defense jumped at that as bao had always said martin died one to three minutes after the shot. bao explained he changed his mind three weeks ago, due to a similar autopsy. >> whether it's from one to three minutes, from one to ten minutes, he was going to die. >> yes. >> and never recover from this gunshot wound, correct?
: well, i think we can know for certain because i spoke to defense attorney mark o'mara that trayvon martin's father, tracy martin, will be called to the stand. the reason he'll be called to the stand is, remember there was this 911 call and in the background you can hear the screams. first of all, sybrina fulton, who is trayvon martin's mother, she testified that voice is my son. that is trayvon benjamin martin. then you had when the defense began you had george zimmerman's mother take the stand and say, no, that is my son's voice. and so you're going to see the defense call tracy martin, the father, and the reason they're going to do that is when he was first played that tape, that 911 tape by the police and asked whose voice is that, he said i don't know. he was asked, is that your son? he said, i don't think so. so that testimony is now going to be introduced on the stand. now, later tracy martin said, no, that was my son's voice. you caught me at a time when i was emotional there is reasons i couldn't determine that was my son's voice at the time and why i said it wasn't my voic
memory of the day of autopsy. >> reporter: attorney mark o'mara asked the judge to acquit his client arguing prosecutors have not proven second degree murder. the judge denied the motion. >> the motion for judgment of acquittal are denied. >> reporter: putting the defense on deck. george howell, cnn, sanford, florida. >> it will be a big week in florida. aaron hernandez is expected to be arraigned. he's charged as an accessory after the fact. he was in the car with hernandez and odin lloyd. >>> meantime, at least 1200 people took advantage of the team's offer to exchange their erin hernandez jury for that of another player. 300 of those turned in over the weekend were in youth sizes. >>> accused mob boss, james whitey bulger, weeks is expected to take the stand. he cut a deal with the government to testify against his former friend. prosecutors want him to identify what they say is bulgers handwriting on a cryptic note found in a safe. he faces 19 counts of murder. he was the head of the winter hill gang. >>> dramatic pictures from a detroit suburbs this morning. that was a hos house
on the stand, presumably mark o'mara is about to say, i want to play a tape for you, ask you who the voice is on that tape. while they are in sidebar, we will fit in a quick break and be right back after this. . >> on the stand was john donnelly. he is a former combat medic in vietnam. guess what you hear in vietnam. a lot of screaming. that was an issue, what kind of things he heard on the battlefield. he is back to testifying. let's listen. >> 40 to 60 depending on availability. >> and then the medics are intibl obviously for the medical care for the combat troops? >> yes, sir. for the men who get wounded and hit. >> now, when we talk, is company the right term? there is truth at the time? >> well, there is squad, company, platoons, basically, you might mr. in a squad search and destroy, you might be a full platoon search and destroy. you might need a full company. >> okay. the 60 to the 100 combat soldiers that you were working with, can we come up with a term so we know the topic? can we call that the company or? >> yes. >> okay. so it might not be precisely accurate, for our purposes,
is in the middle of the case. mark o'mara, the lead defense attorney -- by the way, he was a lawyer like you, he has his own private defense practice in the orlando area and was a tv legal analyst for wkmg, the cbs television station in orlando and had appeared around a lot. so central floridans know this man. and now they know him much better. the jury is walking into the courtroom. how do you feel he has done? >> a great job. i watched his cross-examination, the temperment, tone, pace. that's not easy stuff and he did a very good job. >> shepard: it's going to be a couple minutes before the next witness. so let's take a quick break. tony used priceline to book this 4 star hotel. tell 'em why. free breakfast with express deals, you can save big and find a hotel with free breakfast without bidding. don't you just love those little cereal boxes? priceline savings without the bidding. >> shepard: a fox urgent. the defense has now called the -- the defense has called trayvon martin's father to the stan. has to do with the testimony from detective serino who said trayvon martin's father initially sa
relations mark o'mara, asking chris serino, former detective, about when the father first heard the 911 call. let's listen to that. >> okay. and what did you ask him? >> i believe my words were is that your son's voice in the background? i think i said it a little differently than that but i inquired if that was in fact his son yelling for help. >> and what was his response? >> he -- it was more of a verbal and nonverbal. he looked away and under his breath, as i interpreted it, said no. >> i want to bring in our legal experts, chris darden and diana tennis. court has recessed for the day so we're going to go over some of the key moments. tracy martin testified. he said listening to 911 call was very emotional for him, that he didn't say, no, that wasn't his son's voice. where does that leave the jury? do they disregard what serino, detective? where do they go? >> certainly they can disregard as he said he said no under his breath as he turned away. it pits the martins against the police department. are they telling the truth? are the police officers lying? at least the lead detective testif
what the defense has done with a verdict almost assumed. mark o'mara tried to counter this stuff before the trial start. got out, put out some of the stuff about trayvon martin not so well known. we may have had a jury that only had one version of the facts. >> talk about the jury. can they be completely fair and balanced? a lot of media coverage of this prior to even picking the jury? >> i represented clients in high-profile cases and it's hard for us to sit here and say how could they not be biased or swayed? the truth is, they can. we have important rules to make sure the jurors will be open minded. haven't been tainted by the press. been sequestered. swear under oath not to read these stories. i believe it's very likely that he is going to get a fair trial and a fair jury. >> let me get rod in here. are you surprised the different trial are you watching? >> not really. i've been studying these types of high-profile cases for years. agree with heather. the media does influence not only the jury but the case overall, and, unfortunately, i think this case, taken over by the politicians
. he got on top of mark o'mara. when describing his skill level -- >> still learning how to punch. he didn't know how to effectively punch. >> on a scale of one to ten, where did he hit? >> i said a one. >> the levels in trayvon martin's system will be admitted as evidence for jurors to consider. the trial moves into day 11. george howell, cnn, sanford, florida. >> another big day ahead. 20 minutes after the hour. >>> as pranks go, this was cruel or absolutely brilliant. you make the call. the video shows the prankster arranging to have his sleeping girlfriend wake up to the sight of a ghost coming out of the tv set. he spent weeks designing a public replica. this seems like a wonderful idea. check out the reaction. >> oh, no. poor thing. that's awful. >> so, as you can see, the girlfriend was so scared, the boyfriend had to stop her from running out of the house. i say boyfriend, it may be former boyfriend. >> i think it's grounds for separation and butt kicking. >> everyone loves a joke. >> do you know how traumatizing that would be in the middle of the night? poor thing. she needs
attorney mark o'mara revealed today that the defense has a few more witnesses to call. he hopes to rest his case tomorrow. if that happens, this trial could come to an end before the week is over. the major revelation from today is the testimony of forensic pathologist dr. vincent de mayo. take a look at what he had to say. >> by the nature of this case, it's more about determining whether the physical evidence is consistent with mr. zimmerman's account. it's my opinion that the muzzle of the gun
and the defendant raised his gun and shot at 90 degrees. >> reporter: mark o'mara grabbed the dummy to make his arguments. >> is it consistent with someone doing this? >> reporter: george zimmerman's father returned to the stand. >> absolutely, it's my son george. >> is that an opinion you have through today? >> certainly. >>reporter: in another ruling, the judge will decide whether or not to grant the request to apply lesser charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault. >> self-defense is self-defense to everything. there shouldn't be a second degree murder charge or lessers. >> we are learning more about the asiana airlines flight. we are hearing the dramatic 911 calls from witnesses and passengers on the plane immediately after it crashed killing two passengers. we have more from miguel. >> we just got in a plane crash and there are a lot of people that need help. >> there are a lot of people that weren't found and are burned badly. >> reporter: passengers escaped the burning aircraft in a desperate plead for emergency assistance. >> we have been on the ground 20 minutes or a half hour. pe
arguments. the prosecution asked to allow jurors to allow lesser charges. mark o'mara spoke today saying the jury has what it needs to acquit. he joins us in the hour ahead and we'll talk with one oe
a 17-year-old is dead. i expect mark o'mara will continue that and say it's the state's burden to prove to you that trayvon martin was not the aggressor and they can't do that and the reason they can't do that is because the poor young man is dead. that's what i expect to happen. i have to tell you i'm not sure it's going to be effective against a manslaughter charge. that's will be the issue the jury will grapple with ultimately. >> sunny, you were in the courtroom when the prosecutor was doing this with the gun. did you notice any reaction from the jury during that particular moment. >> i will tell you that they certainly followed his every movement, and that was interesting to me. often times during the trial they looked at the person asking the questions but they also looked at the defendant, they looked down at their notes. but this time every movement was tracked by this jury. what was also fascinating, jake, is when the prosecution played the reenactment that george zimmerman did with law enforcement. they were watching that and taking notes as the state sort of went through the
. maybe manslaughter. >> we only have about a minute or so. let's look forward to tomorrow. mark o'mara or mr. west? >> one of the best things the defense is going for is the judge wouldn't let them introduce the animation of what they said happened but said they can use it in closing arguments for illustrative purposes. i think they are going to play that for the jury. i think that puts them right on the scene. i think the defense is in a really strong position. the defense will have a chance tomorrow which is really good. >> i have been watching you straight through this trial. you're doing a great job. thank you very much for joining us. i will see you on "the five." we will have a little bit of fun. see you in a couple of minutes. >>> hello. it's 5:00 in new york city and this is "the five"." >>> we will celebrate our two-year anniversary! a very dramatic day in court as the prosecution delivered the closing arguments in the george zimmerman murder trial. here is some of what the jury heard earlier. >> a teenager is dead. he is dead through no faul
to understand that? >> i think that this mark o'mara, the defense attorney is extremely skilled. he is the best attorney in that courtroom. he will definitely -- >> bill: what about the wisdom of the prosecution today giving a three hour wrap? i mean, three hours? >> a fair question. a fair question. >> bill: come on. >> if, indeed, there was a narrative that continued uninterrupted for three hours then it could be three hours, 13 hours, that's not relevant. remember how effective the prosecution was in the opening statements. they outlawyered the defense in a way that made don west, the defense attorney, presenting the opening argument seem pathetic and amateurish. he recovered and became a much better advocate for his client. now, in the closing argument, this is a prosecution that is grasping at straws. this is a prosecution adrift. this is a prosecution who knows they have no chance of proving the case that they brought before the nation and the world. >> bill: why spend three hours illuminating that? >> well, what he is attempting to do it's distract people, i believe, from the nexus of th
-degree murder of trayvon martin. zimmerman defense attorney mark o'mara asked jurors not to let their emotions sway their decision making. >> it is a tragedy. but you can't allow sympathy to feed into it. >> reporter: the state gave its closing arguments thursday but was given a chance to rebut the defense friday afternoon. >> that is to the living we owe respect. to the dead we owe the truth. >> reporter: state prosecutor john guy again claimed inconsistencies in zimmerman's story and says the 29-year-old was on a power trip. >> trayvon martin may not have the defendant's blood on his hands. but george zimmerman will forever have trayvon martin's blood on his. >> reporter: if the jury finds zimmerman not of second-degree murder, he could still be found guilty of manslaughter. shannon travis, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> a man accused of holding three women captive for more than a decade now faces a long list of new charges. a 977 count indictment was filed today against areal castro. in that indictment the former cleveland school bus driver is accused of kidnapping, rape and aggravated murder. mu
the state attorney's office. >> reporter: george zimmerman attorney mark o'mara giving the jury one last arguments that the evidence of self defense far outweighs the state's case of murder. o'mara played a computer animation showing the fatal minutes between zimmerman and trayvon martin, it shows martin throwing the first punch, the two then wrestling on the ground and sidewalk until the fatal shot. o'mara also had the courtroom sit in absolute silence for four minutes, the time between zimmerman's call to police and the gunshot. four minutes where o'mara suggests martin planned a surprise attack in the darkness. >> the guy that didn't go home when he had the chance to, there was a guy who decides to lie in wait, i guess plan his move, it seems, decide what he was going to do. >> reporter: trayvon martin bought skittles and a drink at a nearby 7-eleven, then walked home to his dad's girlfriend's house, when zimmerman, the neighborhood watch leader saw him as suspicious, followed him, called police. he told them threshold for murder beyond a reasonable doubt is high. o'mara carried real
. >> reporter: zimmerman's lead defense attorney, mark o'mara, also employed theater. even halling out this block of cement, saying that he had to shoot in self-defense, to keep his head from being beat into the sidewalk. >> that is not an unarmed teenager. >> reporter: tension overnight mounting with the jury recessing until morning, delaying the verdict. at times, it seemed almost too much for trayvon martin's parents, now determined to see it through. >> they started this journey over 17 months ago. just asking for simple justice so his death won't be in vain. >> reporter: now, everyone here is waiting anxiously. i'm told zimmerman is huddling with his family. trayvon martin's parents also very anxious. but throughout, they've been urging everyone to stay calm. i spoke with the chief of police. he said he does not expect any kind of unrest. still, he's canceled all vacations, all furloughs. it's all hands on deck with his police force. >> nervous hours in florida. matt gutman, thank you. >>> for more on all of this, let's bring in abc's chief legal affairs anchor and "nightline" anc
believes the defense had the upper hand throughout this trial but says defense attorney mark o'mara could have been more effective in his closing arguments and also adds the prosecution used more emotional sings during its summation because their case was just as to thin on the law so how do you think george perceived the defense and prosecution during their closing arguments? >> it all depends -- it is hard to say for us watching it where we are not in the courtroom to see how it actually plays in person. it is very different to be there than watch on television. the defense had a lot of -- you know, the props in a way. i think they were very useful and had the cutouts of the two figures which really showed that trayvon martin was so much larger than george zimmerman which was very effective and puts it right there in front of the jurors. he brought in the piece of concrete which he was able to show and that was very impressive to show this can be usedes a weapon. had was not just a child. he can use concrete as weapon, bigger man essentially he was. even though he was under 18. so they
mark o'mara wraps the defense case you have a rebuttal case, probably fairly brief, not more than a day perhaps where the prosecutors get the final word with the rebuttal case and charging conference. the lawyers have to go in chambers with the judge and decide what will we ask this jury to do? second-degree murder that's there but what about the lessers? can we give them lesser options if they aren't prepared to go all the way. maybe the prosecutors will assess their work so far and how their work has landed in this live courtroom, and maybe they will decide i don't think we can get this far. maybe we need lower options. maybe the defense attorneys will say we're not interested in lower options. go for broke, see how you do. this is the most amazing part of a trial. you got to assess how has the case gone so far, how did our witnesses perform? do we think we can go all the way? >> ashleigh banfield, thank you very much, indeed. >>> outside the courtroom, watching every moment of this case, jane, they are still in there late at night in the courtroom. what is going on, do you think? >>
, who was the aggressor? what we've seen here from mark o'mara, the questions he has thrown at detective serino here, we're seeing the detective say that he spoke with tracy martin, trayvon martin's father, and the first time he heard the 911 tape, when asked if it was his son's voice, he said no. how damaging do you think this may be, michael, or was -- do you think the prosecutor here was able to kind of, i guess, fix some of the damage? >> no, i think it's very damaging. i think that by bringing somebody in and bringing -- being able to bring out the testimony of the father without actually having to put the father on the stand and show to the jury that before anybody knew there was going to be a trial, before this had gotten any media attention, the father said that's not my son's voice. that's a very big deal. that brings us all the way back to the first couple of weeks of this investigation. and i do not think the prosecution did any -- i don't think they were able to cancel out any of the damage that the defense was able to do. >> and sunny, we'll get right to you in a moment, but
and shot at 90 degrees? >> reporter: then defense attorney mark o'mara grabbed the dummy to support his argument. >> the injuries on mr. zimmerman's back on his head consistent with someone doing this? >> reporter: and on the final day of testimony, george zimmerman's father, robert zimmerman returned to the stand to address the screams heard on the 911 tape. >> absolutely, it's my son, george. >> is that an opinion that you still have through today? >> certainly. >> reporter: in another important ruling, judge debra nelson will decide whether or not to grant the prosecution's request to apply lesser charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault. >> self-defense is self-defense to everything. there shouldn't be a second degree murder charge and shouldn't be any lessers. >> so, we are getting, wolf, to the beginning of the end of this case. you laid it out earlier and i'll cut through what is to be expected again. today at 1:00 p.m. we expect the jury to arrive here to hear closing arguments from the prosecution. that could take two hours. then tomorrow on friday, we expect to hear from
in the defense's closing argument yesterday. >> yeah. >> where, you know, mark o'mara, the defense attorney paused for four minutes, and made everyone wonder, what was trayvon martin doing for those four minutes? why didn't he walk home? god forbid that a black child can be free and walk around for four minutes or 40 minutes or 40 days, if he wants to, frankly. right? >> right. >> and i think, again, there was a sort of extension of this idea, this crazy idea of the black body as a weapon, when he, you know, pulled into the jury room with this huge piece of concrete, and said, he was armed with a piece of sidewalk. something he can't even actually pick up, right? >> we have got to talk about this. this moment, where he comes in, carrying this piece of sidewalk, and the discourse that we have heard, repeatedly, that trayvon martin was armed with sidewalk. i keep thinking, this is great. because we now no longer need a second amendment. right, you don't really need guns. as long as you pave all the streets and make sure there are sidewalks, and everyone is equally armed. that is really about
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